Assisting Small Rural Hospitals to Prepare for the Future
The SRHT Project was created by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to assist rural communities and their hospitals in successfully navigating the changing health care environment. The SRHT Project supports small rural hospitals nationally by providing on-site technical assistance to help them bridge the gaps between the current fee-for-service system and the newly emerging one that is based on quality and value. Technical assistance is provided through comprehensive onsite consultations. The SRHT Project supports nine selected small rural hospitals with on-site consultations in the core areas of financial and operational assessments and quality improvement projects. At least three hospitals are selected for both core areas.
The SRHT Project is designed to transition rural hospitals to value-based care and Alternative Payment Models (APM), as well as prepare them for population health management. While consultations target financial and quality performance improvements, the primary focus of the technical assistance is to prepare providers for participation in value-based care models and APM (such as patient-centered medical homes and hospital shared saving plans) that position the hospitals for the future. The Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project is supported by Contract Number HHSH250201600012C from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.
RHI staff bring extensive experience working with rural hospitals through a similar program, the Rural Hospital Performance Improvement (RHPI) Project which served the Mississippi Delta Region. RHPI hospital spotlights, guides and toolkits and previously recorded webinar playbacks are available to rural hospitals for ongoing training needs.
For more information, please contact Bethany Adams at (859) 806-2940 or firstname.lastname@example.org.